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Face of Venezuela crisis: Fox News goes inside camp taking in refugees fleeing Maduro regime

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MAICO, Colombia – When you ask Colombians what La Guajira desert is known for, many will say a vacation.

It’s long been known as a tourist spot. But instead of vacationers, the desert in Maicao, Colombia is home to a growing number of Venezuelan migrants.

Among cities in the La Guajira region, the border city of Maicao tops the list as having one of the highest concentrations, per capita, of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

In March, the UN Refugee Agency opened a 60-tent facility which it calls an “Integrated Assistance Centre.” It was opened, the UN said, at the request of Colombian national and local authorities. About 300 people currently live at the center. Fox News toured the site this week to see the consequences of the Venezuelan crisis firsthand.

Dozens arrived by bus on Tuesday, and UN officials say they expect to reach capacity by Thursday.

US LIFTS SANCTIONS FOR VENEZUELAN GENERAL WHO DEFIED MADURO

“It’s a transient center that provides basic services for a total of 350 people at a time – basic services like food, water, temporary accommodation, and protection services,” said Marco Rotunno, communications officer for UNHCR.

Rotunno said 50 percent of the center’s residents are children.

Noelis Navas is 11 years old. She told Fox News she and her two little brothers came to the center last week. She said they left Venezuela, with their mother, a couple of months ago.

“We had to work very hard, selling candy to get money for the bus tickets [to Colombia],” Noelis said.

Once in Colombia, the family had nowhere to stay and ended up sleeping on the streets. Noelis’ mother, Maria Delcarmen Rodriguez, told Fox News it was devastating.

US TO SEND HOSPITAL SHIP TO HELP WITH VENEZUELAN REFUGEES

“I would cry at night,” Delcarmen Rodriguez said. “But I didn’t want to let my kids see me crying.”

Life in Colombia was far from good, but they say life in Venezuela was worse. More often than not, their days were filled with hunger and fear.

When asked if it was scary, 11-year-old Navas told Fox News: “Yes. There’s a lot of crime happening there, people want to kill and steal for food.”

“I was in sixth grade,” she explained. “How can I study if I can’t eat? In any second I could faint because I wouldn’t eat. The light was going away. There wasn’t any water.”

Now, they say, things are looking up. Delcarmen Rodriguez said she has faith for today and tomorrow.

“I’ve got a lot of faith in God,” she said. “Venezuela will prevail, with or without [President Nicolás] Maduro.”

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At the UN center, Delcarmen Rodriguez and her children have something they didn’t have last week: a warm meal and hope.

Noelis Navas said when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.

“I like chickens,” she said with a giggle, “because they are very cute.”

UN Refugee Agency has plans to expand the center and say they expect to double the number of beds in September, eventually growing to a capacity of 1,400.

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Iraq awards gas recovery contract to China’s CPECC

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A Chinese energy company has been awarded a contract to recover natural gas from Iraq’s Halfaya oil field to fuel power stations in the country’s underserved Maysan province.

The China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation says its gas processing plant will be able to recover and refine 300 million standard cubic feet of gas daily.

For decades, Iraqi oilfields have burned off the hydrocarbon byproducts of crude oil drilling. Now, Iraq says it wants to capture natural gas to generate electricity and address the power shortages that plague the country.

The Halfaya oilfield is operated by PetroChina. CPECC says its gas plant will be operational in 30 months. Representatives from CPECC, PetroChina, and the Ministry of Oil signed an agreement in Baghdad on Wednesday.

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Asia Bibi in Canada after fleeing Pakistan following blasphemy acquittal, lawyer says

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The Christian woman who spent years on death row in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy before she was acquitted last year has left the country for Canada, her lawyer confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

Asia Bibi was convicted on blasphemy charges in 2009 after a quarrel with a fellow farmworker who accused her of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

After spending eight years on death row, the 54-year-old’s conviction was overturned last year by the Supreme Court. Despite being a “free woman” after the death sentence was thrown out, she has been in protective custody since then because of religious extremists’ calls for her hanging.

She had been denied permission to leave the country for several months as the government waited for sentiments to cool.

ASIA BIBI’S WHEREABOUTS SHROUDED IN SECRECY OVER FEARS FOR HER SAFETY

An official in Islamabad also confirmed to Fox News that Bibi left Pakistan to be reunited with her daughters in Canada. Her lawyer, Saif-ul Malook, said she had already arrived to Canada.

Additional information about how and when she left Pakistan was not immediately available.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted his happiness at the news of Bibi’s departure.

“Fantastic news that Asia Bibi appears to have left Pakistan safely,” he tweeted, adding that he was about to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “to talk about persecution of Christians around the world.”

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Bibi’s case brought international attention to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, which carries an automatic death penalty. The mere suspicion of blasphemy against Islam is enough to ignite mob lynchings in the country.

Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot and killed by one of his own guards in 2011 for defending Bibi and criticizing the misuse of the blasphemy law. The assassin, Mumtaz Qadri, has been celebrated as a martyr by hard-liners since he was hanged for the killing, with millions visiting a shrine set up for him near Islamabad. Pakistan’s minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated later that year after demanding justice for Bibi.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pompeo in London to discuss the UK-US ‘special relationship’

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in London for talks with British officials on the status of the special relationship between the nations amid heightened tensions with Iran and uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Pompeo will meet Wednesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and will later deliver a speech on the potential for improved U.S.-U.K. ties after Brexit.

At his first event in the British capital, a meeting about religious freedom with Hunt and British faith leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Pompeo told participants that the Trump administration is committed to the rights of all people to worship as they please.

“In the United States it’s in our Constitution, the First Amendment, it’s central to our founding,” he said.

Welby thanked Pompeo for the administration’s attention to the matter, noting that Christians in the Middle East and Africa and religious minorities everywhere are under threat. But he also sounded a note of caution by telling Pompeo that foreign military inventions often have severe consequences for religious freedoms.

“Where the interests of religious minorities are concerned, foreign interventions can often have very serious, long-term (impacts),” he said.

Pompeo didn’t address Welby’s comment.

Pompeo arrived in London after canceling a trip to Germany to make an unannounced visit to Baghdad, where he warned Iraqi officials about what he called imminent threats to American interests in the Middle East.

Iran said earlier Wednesday that it would partially suspend its compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew last year. Britain remains a party to the deal and has been working with the other European participants, France and Germany, on ways to salvage the accord in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal.

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Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

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The sound of doctors boring through his skull to feed electrodes deep into his brain made Yan tremble.

“The drill was like bzzzzzzz,” he later recalled. “The moment of drilling is the most terrible.”

Yan is a methamphetamine addict. The hope is that technology will extinguish his addiction — quite literally, with the flip of a switch.

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This Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 photo shows a brain scan of a methamphetamine addict with the path of electrodes that doctors at Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai, China implanted to stimulate an area of the brain associated with addiction. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)

The treatment — deep brain stimulation — has long been used for movement disorders like Parkinson’s. Now, the first clinical trial of DBS for methamphetamine addiction is being conducted at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital, along with trials for opioid addicts. Yan is the study’s first patient; for fear of losing his job, he asked that only his surname be published.

Western attempts to push forward with human trials of deep brain stimulation for drug addiction have foundered, even as China has emerged as a hub for this kind of research.

But the vast suffering wrought by the U.S. opioid epidemic may be changing the risk-reward calculus for doctors and regulators. Now, the experimental surgery Yan underwent is coming to America. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlighted a clinical trial in West Virginia of DBS for opioid addicts.

Until now, complex ethical, social and scientific questions made it hard to push forward with such experiments in the United States, where the devices can cost $100,000 to implant. Scientists in Europe have struggled to recruit patients for their DBS addiction studies.

Globally, there are eight registered DBS clinical trials for drug addiction, according to a U.S. National Institutes of Health database. Six are in China.

China has a long, troubled history of using brain surgery to treat addiction. Doctors destroyed small clumps of tissue in the brains of heroin addicts, garnering huge profits and leaving behind a trail of patients with mood disorders, lost memories and altered sex drives.

In 2004, China’s Ministry of Health ordered a halt to the practice at most hospitals. Nine years later, a military hospital in Xi’an reported that roughly half of 1,167 addicts who had their brains lesioned stayed off drugs for at least five years.

DBS builds on that history. The surgery involves implanting a device that acts as a kind of pacemaker for the brain, electrically stimulating targeted areas. Instead of irreversibly killing brain cells, the devices allow interventions that are — in theory — reversible. The technology has opened a fresh field of human experimentation globally.

“For many other psychiatric disorders, for example, anorexia schizophrenia, OCD, there’s no way to use the animal to be like a model,” said Dr. Sun Bomin, director of the functional neurosurgery center at Ruijin Hospital. “For these kinds of special psychiatric disorders we have to use human patients.”

Some believe such human experiments on drug addicts should not be allowed.

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Bloodied white mesh covers the head of a methamphetamine addict named Yan on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, three days after he had a deep brain stimulation device implanted as part of a clinical trial at Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai, China.

Critics argue that they are premature, and will not address the complex biological, social and psychological factors that drive addiction. Scientists don’t fully understand how DBS works and there is still debate about where electrodes should be placed to treat addiction. There is also skepticism in the global scientific community about the general quality and ethical rigor of clinical trials done in China.

“It would be fantastic if there were something where we could flip a switch, but it’s probably fanciful at this stage,” said Adrian Carter, who heads the neuroscience and society group at Monash University in Melbourne. “There’s a lot of risks that go with promoting that idea.”

Meanwhile, the body count from addiction is rising. More than 500,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the decade ending in 2017, adding urgency to the search for new, more effective treatments.

But research for DBS as an addiction treatment funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has focused on animals, not people. And at least two U.S. laboratories dropped clinical trials of DBS for treating alcoholism over concerns about study design and preliminary results that didn’t seem to justify the risks, investigators who led the studies told The Associated Press.

“The lack of scientific clarity, the important but strict regulatory regime, along with the high cost and risk of surgery make clinical trials of DBS for addiction in the U.S. difficult at the present time,” said Dr. Emad Eskandar, chairman of neurological surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

China’s studies have offered mixed results. Sun and his colleagues have published one case study, describing a heroin addict who fatally overdosed after getting DBS. But a separate pilot study published in January by doctors at a military hospital in Xi’an showed that five of eight heroin addicts stayed off drugs for two years after DBS surgery.

Based on those results, the Chinese deep brain stimulation device manufacturer SceneRay Corp. is seeking Chinese regulatory approval of its DBS device for addiction, and funding a clinical trial targeting 60 heroin addicts. SceneRay chairman Ning Yihua said his application for a clinical trial in the U.S. was blocked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

But in February, the FDA greenlighted a separate trial of DBS for four opioid addicts. The study lead, Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, hopes to launch the trial in June.

“People are dying,” Rezai said. “Their lives are devastated. It’s a brain issue. We need to explore all options.”

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Yan is among those whose lives have been ravaged. Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him at Ruijin Hospital in search of a radical cure.

After surgery, Yan said the machine in his brain was magical. “It controls your happiness, anger, grief and joy,” he said.

More than six months later, he says he is still off drugs and has put on 20 pounds. Sometimes, in his new life, he touches the hard cable in his neck that leads from the battery pack to the electrodes in his brain. And he wonders: What is the machine is doing inside his head?

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Syrian ground troops push into rebel enclave

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Syrian pro-government media say troops have pushed their way into a rebel-held enclave in the northwest, clashing with insurgents and widening an offensive that until now had mainly involved aerial bombings and shelling.

The Central Military Media said Wednesday that government forces entered Kfar Nabudah, a rebel-held village on the southwestern edge of the enclave. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the ground operation, which was launched with close air support. Rebel groups reported the clashes and a car bomb detonated by their fighters.

In recent days government forces have intensified their bombardment of rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria, as a cease-fire in place since September appears to have all but collapsed. Government forces seized a village and a strategic hill on Monday.

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Auschwitz Museum criticizes Aussie company for selling products with images of notorious concentration camp

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The Auschwitz Museum denounced an online marketplace for independent artists Wednesday over the sale of memorabilia featuring images of the infamous Nazi death camp.

“Do you really think that selling such products as pillows, mini skirts or tote bags with the images of Auschwitz — a place of enormous human tragedy where over 1.1 million people were murdered — is acceptable? This is rather disturbing and disrespectful,” the museum tweeted at Redbubble, an Australian-based company.

The museum details the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Poland, where over 1 million people — most of them Jews — died during World War II.

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Redbubble features dozens of products emblazoned with images and references to the Holocaust and the concentration camp, including stickers, T-shirts, coffee mugs and pillows. The company did not respond to a Fox News request for comment late Tuesday.

The company replied to the museum’s tweet, saying: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The nature of this content is not acceptable and is not in line with our Community Guidelines. We are taking immediate action to remove these and similar works available on these product types.”

In March, the museum criticized an image of visitors balancing themselves on railroad tracks in a tweet, the Washington Examiner first reported.

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“When you come to @AuschwitzMuseum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed. Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths,” the museum said.

An exhibit slated to open Wednesday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York will tell the story of Auschwitz death camp through 700 artifacts, most of which are borrowed from the Auschwitz Museum. The traveling exhibition titled “Auschwitz, Not Long Ago, Not Far Away,” was first seen in Madrid by over 600,000 visitors in a 14-month period, the New York Times reported.

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Largest Finnish party keep populists out of coalition talks

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Finland’s center-left Social Democratic Party which narrowly won last month’s general election says it is having talks with four centrist and left-leaning parties to form a coalition government but not the populists.

Antti Rinne, the leader of what became Finland’s largest party by an extremely narrow margin, said Wednesday that a combination including the Center Party, the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People’s Party of Finland “is the most stable composition for building a majority government.

Together, the five parties combined have 117 of the 200 seats in Finland’s parliament. Majority is 101 lawmakers in the Eduskunta assembly.

In the April 14 vote, the euroskeptic, anti-immigration Finns Party secured 17.5% support — 0.2 % less than the Social Democrats.

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Iran pulls out of parts of nuclear deal, sets 60-day deadline to renegotiate terms

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Iran’s president said Wednesday the country will stop complying with parts of an Obama-era nuclear deal and set a 60-day deadline for new terms of the landmark pact before resuming higher uranium enrichment.

Hassan Rouhani’s national address comes a year after President Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 agreement. He said he wanted to negotiate new terms with the remaining partners in the deal. The breakaway could further escalate tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The White House on Sunday said it would dispatch an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf over what it said were threats from Iran.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Rouhani said Wednesday that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

“The path we have chosen today is not the path of war, it is the path of diplomacy,” Rouhani said in a nationally broadcast speech. “But diplomacy with a new language and a new logic.”

The deal saw sanctions lifted on Iran in exchange for limits in its nuclear program. The sanctions were restored once the U.S. withdrew. Under the deal, Iran limited its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to 660 pounds to prevent it from seeking nuclear weapons. That’s compared to more than 22,000 pounds of higher-enriched uranium it once had.

Currently, Iran limits enriching uranium to 3.67 percent, which is used for nuclear power plants, not nuclear weapons.

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In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, three versions of domestically built centrifuges are shown in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, in Iran.(Associated Press)

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Iran sent letters to leaders in Britain, China, and the European Union, France, Germany via their ambassadors in Tehran. Russia was also notified. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to meet Wednesday in Moscow with his Russian counterpart.

“If the five countries join negotiations and help Iran to reach its benefits in the field of oil and banking, Iran will return to its commitments according to the nuclear deal,” Rouhani said, adding that without economic progress, “we will not consider any limit,” according to the New York Times.

If 60 days pass without an agreement, Iran will halt Chinese-led effort to redesign its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor. Such reactors produce plutonium that can be used in nuclear weapons. Iran has always claimed its nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes.

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A worker rides a bike in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, outside Bushehr, Iran. (Associated Press)

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The White House did not respond to Iran’s message early Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Reports: Christian acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pakistan

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Pakistani media say Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters.

Wilson Chawdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association told The Associated Press on Wednesday he received a telephone text message from a British diplomat stating simply that “Aasia is out.” A close friend of Bibi also confirmed that she had left the country, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2009 after a quarrel with a fellow farmworker. She spent eight years on death row until the Supreme Court last year overturned her conviction. She has since been in protective custody.

Islamic extremists have rioted over the case and threatened to kill her.

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